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Memory card problem

I have a Nikon D200 and I bought recently a memory card of 8G so I could take pictures of weddings. Yesterday night I took about 570 pictures of a wedding in this ship and with my camera. The ship was working just fine yesterday, I could see the pictures in my camera, I could delete them and do whatever I wanted. Today, however, I tried uploading them into my computer throught USB and it didnt work so well. At first, it opened the pictures, but it took a while to read the memory card. Then, when I was going to see one using Windows Media Player, it said it couldn't be opened because I didn't have authorization to do so. Then, I tried to copy and paste, it didn't and it said that the memory card had to be formatted. I can't loose all the pictures in this memory card because it is of a wedding and I am being payed for it. I need help.

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  • dhyenifer Jul 28, 2008

    See, I have a USB card reader, and it still doesnt solve my problem!!!!

  • dhyenifer Jul 28, 2008

    See, I do have a USB card reader, but it still doesnt solve my problem, and the truth didn't help me much... I need to upload these photos without loosing the data and my computer says that it can't be done, that the memory card has to be formatted, doesn't matter if it is by the USB card reader or if it is by the drive...

  • dhyenifer Jul 28, 2008

    OK (really thanks for helping me, I totally am ) the card my camera takes is compact flash(CF), and it also gives specifics to use (like SanDisk and Lexar Media). It also states that the approved ones would be up to 6GB and the not approved name brand would be 4 GB and the one that I have that is giving me all of this trouble is 8GB.

    Yes I did see the pictures once and I didn't delete them. Also, my manual says that all compact flash should be formated before using, and I didn't format mine. But it also says in the manual that you can use it without formating it and then put it in the computer without loosing any data.

    Well, for your nightmare, I have VISTA. BUT... I do have another computer that is XP, so in case we need to use the XP, I have it available.

    uhm I am not sure of the ram part, where can I find how much ram do I have? I tried to open my pictures with windows media player, but I have Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe 9.0, Paint, Fax viewer, uhm, that's all I can think of right now.

    You know, I was thinking about doing the retrieve thing, I even got a program to do that, but I don't want to go there just yet...

    Is there anything else you need to know?

    About the DVD thing, I don't have a DVD recoder, but I have a DVD player, do you think that it could work?



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Have had the same problem with Nikon and USB reader. Went to my photo shop, where they said, that the problem was the SD-card, which in my case was 4 gb, was too big. She had a special reader, which for 15 dollars transferred all my pictures to a cd-rom, which I could then read.

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Save yourself a lot of grief my friend...DON'T upload from the camera- it will usually hose -up. Get a cheap(5bucks or more) usb card reader. It is much faster, and so much more enjoyable. And you don't need special softwear to use it, It's plug and play. The computer just thinks the card reader is another drive. Much simpler.

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  • zimcloud Jul 28, 2008

    OK....Now I need more information from you. I was in the wedding/modeling/theatre photography business for over twenty years. SO I KNOW HOW FRANTIC THIS MUST MAKE YOU- I have been there several times myself. I need you to check the camera manual and see what type (CF,SD,SM,SONY STICK, etc.) card your camera takes.. You should find a limit on how much memory it can use- some cameras stop at 4 gig and then just get confused. Others don't- but it would be in the manual. DON"T worry...As long as you were able to see the pictures once, they are still there. What type of computer operating system do you have? VISTA (Please GOD say NO), XP, ME,2000 etc? There is also a place where you can send the memory card to retrive even deleted pictures- but I really don't think we need go there yet. I also need to know how much ram you have and what other programs you have tried to open it with. There IS a solution. We just have to eliminate the variables

  • zimcloud Jul 28, 2008

    I just had a brainstorm. I was working on a solution for another guy and this came to me. If your camera has a video out feature(so you can view the pictures on a tv using video cables) Try this... Beg borrow or steal a stand alone DVD recorder. Attach the rca cables from the camera, and record the pictures , as a slide show, while watching the replay on the tv. Then you have your pictures on disk, and can use them in your computer. Then you can capture the pictures in your computer. Just might work. let me know what happens, and if you need the address for the place the recovers picture files from smart cards.

  • zimcloud Jul 28, 2008

    If you have photoshop, and you were able to run that before without any problem- your computer should be ok. Vista uses so much ram to just load and start-up, that there is usually nothing left for large programs. If you have another computer using a different operating system (like XP) I would see if using your card reader on that would change things in your favor. Also remember that 8gigs is a heck of a lot of memory, it's more than your computer has in it's ram- so opening the card will take longer. Question: Does your Nikon have a video out? I still think that would be the best way to do it to avoid waisting time and pulling hair out. I bought a VHS/DVD recorder over a year ago- they are cheap enough. Mine (a lite-on)was $79 bucks at and everything they sell is free shipping (took two days to get here). You also need to go to the company website for your camera and search for a FIRMWARE up date. Updates are free, and you can do them yourself over the internet. Also check the companies FAQs- I'm sure you are not the only one with this problem. 8gigs is more than can fit on a CD-So it has to be put on a computer drive OR a DVD running at SP speed (2 hour mode) You won't lose any resolution in 2 hour mode. My Lite-on doesn't record on DL disks, but will do it on 16 speed DVD+RWs. Another option is to take the CF card to a wolf/Ritz camera store and see if they can download your pictures to several CDs, but be sure to explain your problem to them and tell them not to format the card. Let me know how it goes.


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